The members of the IOA Ephoria and me personally were informed with much grief  the sudden loss of Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan and Vice President of the National Olympic Committee for many years.

Azad Rahimov was a dedicated worker of the Sports Movement in Azerbaijan. He had successfully organized the first European Olympic Games in Baku in 2015 and established a new sports and cultural context for the youth of his country.

Azad was my personal friend and a great supporter of the IOA. He had wholeheartedly supported, from the very beginning, my request towards the President’s spouse and First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, regarding a substantial funding for the IOA ‘s educational programmes, for the years 2014-2016.
The IOA Ephoria members and me personally extend our sincerest condolences to his wife and child, as well as to all the members of the Olympic family of Azerbaijan.